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Old 05-06-2016, 10:10 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I've flown all over the country with firearms and have only had a few hiccups, mostly because the airline or security person didn't know the process. It is super easy. I have been delayed once, but most of the time I don't notice, and I also skipped a bunch of the line in O'Hare, which was surprising.

The locks for your gun case are NOT TSA locks. The locks for your baggage ARE TSA locks. So, you lock your hard gun case with NON-TSA locks, put the gun case in your baggage, and lock your baggage with TSA-Approved locks.

The hiccups usually start when you are escorted to the X-Ray machine. Some airports will just run it through the machine and, in that case, you'd leave everything locked. However, some airports want to see inside the case, which would require you to leave everything unlocked. I've found it is easier to leave everything locked from the ticket counter and then only unlock if they ask. If any of the TSA lackeys give you grief, just tell them you're following the regs as you understood them.

The first time was nerve racking for me cause I didn't know what to expect, but after that it is a breeze. Even the full on sniffer-residue-stick search my bag got in Denver.
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Old 05-06-2016, 10:16 AM   #27 (permalink)
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The only hiccup I ran into was in Philly when the TSA agent came to inspect my case before I locked it. He was insistent on me handing over the keys and then taking the case into a back room where he would inspect and lock it without me present. I said no go, showed him the TSA (and airline regs) and asked to see a supervisor. After 10 minutes of bickering about me maintaining the keys and inspecting with me present with him telling me 'tey do things differently than the regs' , I was able to get the 'OIC' of the TSA philly airport to come figure out the issue. He looked everything over, told me I was good, I locked up the case, they threw it on the belt.

No was I was going to let some mouth breather deal with $4-5k worth of my stuff without me present, especially after telling me he does not follow the regs.
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